Vivian M. St.Onge

August 13, 1959February 28, 2014
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Auburn — Vivian (Vickie) St.Onge, 54, of Greene passed away Friday, February 28 after a three year battle against Breast Cancer at Hospice House in Auburn. Vivian was born August 13, 1959 in Lewiston, the daughter of late Omer and Yolande Rodrigue. An alumni of Lewiston High School, she married Daniel St.Onge in 1979 at Holy Cross Church in Lewiston. They built their home together in Greene where they have lived since 1985. Vivian lived every moment in the present and served as an inspiration to others to chase their goals and dreams. She lived her dream through the lives she touched and the breadth of her service to our community as a small business owner, Holy Family Church Youth Group leader, was elected as a Maine State Representative from the 64th District during the 115th and 116th Legislature, and worked as a lobbyist. She pivoted to the medical field after going back for her degree at CMMC College of Nursing and worked as an acute care nurse at St. Mary’s and later as an oncology nurse at CMMC, both hospitals in Lewiston. When she spoke of her life ambitions, her character and desire to connect with people her feelings were captured when she admitted, “I miss politics, but I miss my patients more”. Vivian was a strong, resilient, caring, and beautiful person. She was very involved as a community advocate/fundraiser, an artist of many sorts, and an outdoor/athletic enthusiast. She was a woman on a move with a mission whether it was her next educational goal, fundraising goal, or sewing project. She was a veteran of the Trek Across Maine, Tour de Cure and many other charity rides. Vivian raised tens of thousands of dollars for the American Lung Association of Maine, the American Diabetes Association, and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Hope and Healing. Vivian and her husband enjoyed their time with family and friends enjoying the outdoors cycling, camping, kayaking, and cross country skiing. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Dan St.Onge; daughter, Deanna Pleskach and her husband, Ryan, a granddaughter, Eleanor of Syracuse, NY; son Eric St.Onge with Shannon Gordon, a grandson, Luke, of Sanford, sisters Susan Donovan and her husband Al of Greene; Kathy Jacques and her husband Mike of Austin, TX; Theresa Pushard with her family of Gardner; brother Carl Rodrigue and his wife Cathy of Chandler, AZ; many nieces and nephews; her golden retriever Anika; and the countless lives she touched. She and her family express their sincere gratitude to her medical teams and volunteers at CMMC, Parkview Hospital, and the Androscoggin Hospice House for their endless care, support, and compassion.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 5, 2014
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 5, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vivian M. St.Onge

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Susan Cyr

August 7, 2014

Still heart broken at knowing we can never sit an chat an laugh again...I miss your beautiful smile and laughter...but cherish the memories of time spent with you...

Valarie Audet

August 6, 2014

it was a pleasure to take care of Vivian. She is a special person and always makes everyone smile and laugh. If some day I become sick with cancer or something else, I hope to go through it with just as many laughs and smiles. Thank you Vivan for teaching me and others that cancer doesn't have to control you. I also hope to be as good as a mom, and friend as you.
Lots of love,
Valarie Audet
(Hospice Aide)

Susan Cyr

May 16, 2014

I'm still having a difficult time with the thought of never being able to stop and in and chat with you.. I so wish it was just a dream and that I could wake up and see your beautiful smile....I miss you sweet lady....


May 13, 2014

I miss you every day.

May 6, 2014

I am so saddened to hear of this loss, worked with Vivian on ortho when she started as a secretary, wonderful attitude and sense of humor, we even shared a bike ride once, loved her kids immensely. So shocked : (

Gertrude and daughter Hanson

March 18, 2014

Vivian was an amazing person, if it wasnt for her my mother would have never made it through her struggle with cancer herself. They battled together, laughed together, cried together. Vivian was a strong and incredable woman who touched so many lives and brought so many smiles during dark times. She will be truely missed and was truely loved. Condolences sent to her family during this hard time. Prayers and love sent.

Kerri Fontaine

March 16, 2014

Vivian you were a force of nature. You changed us, those who loved you. You made us better, stronger. You're unconditional love, acceptance, and celebration of who we are was the rarest of gifts. Your belief in what we could do and accomplish was unbelievable and I swear you helped make our goals a reality by that strong belief you had in us. Your encouragement was almost tangible. It was sheer will that moved mountains and made all of us feel so special and so loved. You are loved. You are so special. You are so missed. So very, very missed. Our pain is so great because your impact was so great. It is your strength and your fierceness that gives me comfort. The knowledge that you changed our very souls and that as our pain heals you will always be with us. You will continue to spread your light through us because you made us better people who will go out and do good. You would demand it. You would demand that we live, and that we live fiercely. That we embrace life on a daily basis. None of use would dare deny you, but we all can use a little guidance and some of that fierce encouragement. So while you're up there in heaven, take a moment and continue to give us a push along our paths. We won't ever stop needing you. Or loving you. Always loving you...

Barbara Caldwell

March 14, 2014

Dan and Family, Dave and I were sorry to hear of Vivian's death. We were glad to have known her and regret that it was for only a brief time. As a physician, Dave enjoyed the privilege of working with Vivian and admired her skill as a nurse. As an oncologist, he only wishes Vivian had had a better outcome from her cancer treatment. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Also know that we are thinking of you.

Sue Mandell

March 9, 2014

What a wonderful human being the world has lost. I have such fond memories of Viv during the short time I came to know her as one of her caregivers. Weekly I would admire her earrings but truly it was the woman who wore them I admired the most. She is an inspiration to those whose lives she touched. Thinking of those she left behind. Best- Sue Mandell

March 7, 2014

Dan and Family, We truly are sorry for your loss. Vickie was so full of life, it is difficult for anyone to imagine her on the other side. I feel privileged to have known her and her optimism. Her spirit and kindness will live on in all the lives she has touched.
We send our deepest sympathy to you.
Don and Alice Grondin